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The Ultimate Homemade Burger

Hands down, my husband makes the BEST homemade burgers. Juicy, perfectly seasoned, good ole American beef BURGER. In fact, it is so good I’d rather have his homemade burger recipe than go out for burgers these days.

Over the last few years, we have tweaked and perfected the recipe, and so here it is…from our household to yours, I present to you The Ultimate Homemade Burger recipe.

Homemade burger with fries

If you want to get fancier, check out this Cheese Stuffed Burger recipe! These are next level burgers where you stuffed cheese into the patties instead of adding a slice of cheese to the burger!

The Best Homemade Burger Recipe

As the weather warms up, and summer is finally showing its face (it is 90 degrees this week in Austin…in May), I start to dream about a solid charcoal-grilled burger.

I love it when my husband grills because I do not have to work very hard in the kitchen, and we get a delicious meal. I make some cheesy potato wedges, cut up some fruits, get myself some ice cold beer, and he does all the hard work outside…

You can make this homemade burger on a charcoal or electric grill. Or even on the stove top. We opt for charcoal because it gives it this charred flavored that, in my biased opinion, only wood can bring.

But our homemade burger is well-seasoned, and there’s so much going for it there, it will taste fantastic even if you grill it on an electric grill or pan fry it on the stove.

I don’t call this the ultimate homemade burger recipe for no reason. It is the best of the best. The only one you will ever need.❤️

How to make the Ultimate Homemade Burger recipe?

Let’s make some homemade burgers! And discover how EASY it is to make it happen!

To get started, fire up your grill. Next, bring 2 lbs of defrosted ground beef into a large mixing bowl, and using your hands or a spatula, sightly loosen the ground beef.

For the burger seasoning, mix the dry ingredients together in a small ramekin, consisting of smoked paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and salt.

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Homemade burger patty seasonings and spices

The goal is to enhance the taste of the ground beef with some spices, but not overpower it, because we want to be able to taste the meat. It is, after, a MEAT burger 😉

Pour half of the mixed dry ingredients into the ground beef, use your hand to mix it into the beef, then pour the other half in and do the same.

Next, pour about 2 1/2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce into the ground beef. Use less Worcestershire if ground beef has a higher fat content.

We use 2 1/2 tbsp for 93% lean 7% fat ground beef. If you are using 80% lean 20% fat ground beef, decrease your Worcestershire content to 2 tbsp.

Use hand to mix everything up, making sure you mix thoroughly. Worcestershire binds the meat together.

Next make the burger patties by grabbing about a fistful of ground beef and flattening it into 4-inch wide diameter and 1-inch thick patties.

Round the sides and gently press down on the middle of the patty to form a slight indention in the middle, because when the burgers cook the middle of the circle tend to rise more than the sides.

The Ultimate Homemade Burger

If you are using a skillet, grease skillet with oil and turn on the heat.

Place patties on grill/skillet, and cook on one side, then flip to cook the other side after a few minutes.

As a reference point, our grill was at 300℉ the whole time, and we cooked for 6 1/2 minutes on each side and got medium-well burgers.

The Ultimate Homemade Burger

Juicy, tasty, perfectly charred ground beef patties. My tummy is hungry!

Place a slice of cheese on the patties the last 30 seconds or so before removing from heat.

What type of cheese to use on burgers?

We use good quality American because it melts super well and I do have a thing for melted cheese on burgers, but cheddar, swiss, provolone, gouda, pepper jack and so much more work great as well.

Ultimate Homemade Burger in the process of being assembled

Toast the burger buns, assemble… beef and cheese + sliced tomato + lettuce + sauce (ketchup/mayo/mustard) and there you go…

Why make homemade burger?

Yes. Homemade burgers are the best. But why?

Here are all the reasons to make your own homemade burger recipe…

  • SO MUCH less grease – Burgers can be super greasy, but if you are health conscious, and still want a burger that is not meatless every now and then (yes, this girl needs her meat), this is the way to go. We use super lean meat for this recipe, and don’t use excessive oil.
  • SO MUCH cheaper. I’m telling you, it’s budget meal 101.
  • You have full control of what goes into it?
    • Want it less/more greasy? Reduce/add vegetable oil when cooking your patties
    • Prefer more of less of a certain seasoning? Adjust it based on your preference
  • Most importantly…it’s delicious! Because it tastes fresh, the meat is actually flavorful on the inside (not just the surface of the patties).
Burger with fries and another burger in the background

Other ingredients to add to your burger:

A solid patty is important to make the best homemade burger. But do you know what else is important? Condiments and ingredients in your burger.

I love to pile my homemade burgers with the basic lettuce, tomato, and cheese. But there are days where I like to fancy it up and add some of these to it as well!

  • Barbecue sauce instead of, or in addition to mayo/mustard/ketchup
  • Pickles
  • Grilled Onions
  • Grilled Mushrooms
  • Avocado
  • Guacamole
  • And a foodie favorite… fried egg 🙂

Lots of options…get creative and jazz up your homemade beef burger! Or just have a old ole tradition burger because some of us can be a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to a classic like this.

The ultimate Homemade Burger. You cannot go wrong. ENJOY!!!

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Sides to go with your beef burger!

Homemade burger with fries

The Ultimate Homemade Burger

The ultimate homemade beef burger recipe! Perfectly seasoned juicy beef patties sandwich between two warm buns. Add whatever toppings you like, and omit whatever you don't want. The BEST basic burger recipe!
4.82 from 105 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Time for grill to heat up: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 555kcal
Author: MinShien


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 4-8 burger buns
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • lettuce (iceberg, romaine etc)
  • 1-2 tomato sliced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 – 2 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • mayo
  • mustard
  • ketchup
  • vegetable oil if cooking on stove top


  • If using grill, fire up the grill.
  • Loosen defrosted ground beef with hands or spatula.
  • In a small bowl, mix together dry ingredients for burger seasoning – smoked paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and salt. Pour half of the dry seasoning into ground beef, use hand to mix it into the beef, then pour the other half and do the same. 
  • Next, pour Worcestershire sauce (see Note 1) onto ground beef and mix everything thoroughly.
  • Grab a fistful of ground beef and form a round patty ~4 inch in diameter and ~1 inch in thickness. Round the edges and gently press on the middle to create a slight dent in the middle.
    The Ultimate Homemade Burger
  • When grill is hot, place burger patties on the grill. Grill 5-7 minutes on each side, or until burger is cooked to your liking (Note 2). 
  • If using stove top, heat up skillet with some vegetable oil, then place patties on the skillet. When one side is done, flip and cook the other side. Do not overlap and cook in batches if needed.
  • Place a slice of cheese on top of the burger during the last 30 seconds of cooking. Remove patties from grill/stovetop. (Note 3)
  • Lightly toast burger buns in toaster oven or on the grill if desire.
  • Assemble burgers. Place beef patties and cheese between burger buns, and add lettuce, sliced tomato, condiments of your choice (mayo, mustard, ketchup, others?). (See Note 4)
  • Serve and enjoy!



Note 1: Use more Worcestershire sauce if ground beef is leaner. For example, use 2 1/2 tbsp if ground beef is 93% lean 7% fat or higher, and use 2 tbsp if ground beef is 80% lean 20% fat.
Note 2: As a point of reference, our burger patties were cooked in a charcoal grill at 300 degrees F the whole time, 6 1/2 minutes on each side, and came out medium well. Time needed will depend on many factors, including thickness of patties, temperature of patties, temperature outside, etc, so adjust accordingly!
Note 3: American cheese melts easily. If using cheese that melts slowly, place cheese on the patties the last 20 seconds when the burgers are still on the grill.
Note 4: This will serve 4 if making burgers with single patties, and serve 8 if making burgers with double patties


Calories: 555kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 980mg | Potassium: 609mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 956IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 337mg | Iron: 5mg
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  1. C Robinson says:

    5 stars
    I love a good homemade burger! The way you seasoned this was perfect. Great burger recipe with lots of great flavors.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you! Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  2. 5 stars
    These are such an indulgent treat with all those layers of fillings, but so tasty, too!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you so much Caroline!

  3. 5 stars
    This was such an easy burger recipe and the burgers turned out fantastic! Will definitely be using this recipe again.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you so much Ali! Happy to hear that you’ll be making this again!

  4. BH Hamilton says:

    5 stars
    These burger patties are seasoned perfectly and has so much flavor in them. Thank you for the tip regarding indenting the patties in the middle. We made it for a summer bbq and it was a hit.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you for sharing and I’m so glad you love this burger! I love it for the same reason – the flavors! YUM!

  5. 5 stars
    This post is so helpful to make the perfect burger. It was great to know exactly the temperature and time to make a medium-well burger. I followed the instructions and it came out great.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      So glad to hear it turned out well!

  6. 1 star
    This is awful. All these spices are so unnecessary. Do not mix spices into your meat before cooking, you are going to overwork your meat and end up with a tough, chewy burger. Next time I’m just adding salt & pepper when they hit the grill, nothing else.

    This recipe is closer to meatloaf.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I’m sorry you feel this way, John. We love a flavorful burger but you can definitely just add salt and pepper if that’s your preference.

    2. 5 stars
      I love the flavors of the seasoning, so each to their own I guess. Such a good burger!